In this post, I wanted to show some befores and afters of the Sanctuary Lakes Signature Gymnasium in one of their exclusive gated estates. This was a really good transformation, as it was basically just a blank canvas – it was all white with just gym equipment in it. I love seeing the difference that a bit of colour can make to a space. There are three colours that are used in the gym. The basic neutral is Haymes Contemplate, which is a soft grey. I wanted to stay away from the stark white, as it has a very clinical feel in a gym. I then teamed that up with two accent colours. The yellow is Haymes Free Range and the orange is Haymes Electric Orange. I found that these Haymes colours really did the trick. They are from their new range of colour that was launched last year. I steered away from the common reds and blacks that you see in a lot of gyms. I wanted to use energetic colours that weren’t aggressive and I think that these really work. They have pep!
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Last year I posted a blog about one of my projects – a home being built in Sanctuary Lakes. This was quite a big undertaking, as it was owner-built. Well, I’ve had the pleasure of watching all of my clients’ hard work pay off, as they get closer to finishing their home. So far it looks amazing! They’ve opted for simple, clean lines, modern materials and a classic colour palette. Crisp white walls offset the darker grey tiles, which gives the space that modern yet classic feel. A tiled fireplace adds texture and movement to the living area. We did some white layering, using it not only as the wall and ceiling colour, but also in some of the cabinetry and lighting fixtures. Black would have been too heavy for the space, and competed with the greys. Only a few items were selected in black, such as the armchairs and kitchen stools.
For the most part, the downstairs areas are complete. The upstairs is still a work in progress. I can’t wait to see how that turns out!
I was approached by online interior decor and furniture company Whiteport to feature in their monthly blog. They run a series called “A Day in the Life of:” in which they speak to designers, decorators, consultants and the like, and ask them a questions about what it’s like to be in the industry. It was a great experience, as it got me to think about what I actually like about my job and how I decorate and design spaces. I think it’s worth the read, so I’ve included the link to Whiteport.
And here’s the link to their website. Check it out to find some great items!
Distressed timber wallpaper is one of my loves at the moment. This is a mood board that I created for one of my clients that incorporates just that. The brief for this bedroom was simple – keep it simple! Distressed timber (and timber in general) is all the rage at the moment in terms of seeing it on walls. But instead of going to the trouble of creating a timber feature wall, there are lots of wallpapers available now that look amazing – and very realistic. The one on the board is from Vision Wallcoverings. They’ve got a brilliant range at the moment of timber wallpaper. I particularly love this one! The colours are great and lend themselves to a relaxed, more casual space. The actual detail in the paper is fantastic. The paint looks real!!
While at the Melbourne Flower and Garden show, I noticed the ceiling of the Exhibition Building. It is much like the Palais Theatre ceiling (as featured in a previous post). So much detail and work is in it. I do like a good ceiling! Just thought I’d share a photo of it. The colours used in it are amazing. Enjoy!
What a gorgeous display of flowers! So many arrangements and species, it was hard to know where to look. Everything was amazing. The installations put together by students were great. In particular the fashion. That’s right, fashion. Very imaginative and very well done. It was easy to spend hours here admiring the work that went into all of the displays. Like I mentioned in a previous post, flowers are great way of decorating. They liven a space by adding life and colour. It could be something as simple as a vase of your favourite flowers in the middle of the dining table.
One of my favourite displays was of the four post bed full of flowers. It was absolutely gorgeous!
It was a very inspiring day. Lots of ideas and projects to tackle!
Lavandula Hepburn Springs is a gorgeous place to visit. If you ever get the chance, go! It’s so peaceful and beautiful, it’s worth the drive there. Especially for their lavender scones!
Walking around the grounds, I came across some buildings with some real character. They have that rustic cottage feel. Absolutely gorgeous! It was almost like walking through a secret garden when discovering these dwellings. The stone facades are softened by the timber trims and surrounding plant life. It would be amazing to have a yard like this!
What a fun night Wednesday night was! The Melbourne International Comedy Gala officially kicked-off. Held at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, it was a great start to what will be a fantastic festival. There was a great line up of Australian and international comics – one of my favourites being Tom Gleeson. He can make me laugh so hard I cry!
While waiting for the show to start, I was a having a look around at this old theatre, and was admiring its gorgeous architecture. It was built in 1927 which you can tell from its grandness that it is definitely suited to that era. It always amazes me when I look at things that were created a long time ago; they are full of history and stories, and can really stand the test of time. They just don’t seem to date. And that is one of the most important elements of good design – that it is timeless and classic.
The best, quickest and cheapest way to brighten and colour your day and your home is by buying some flowers. It sounds so simple, but adds so much to an interior. Have a flick through the pages of an interiors’ magazine, and have a good look at the pictures.
Most of them will have some form of plant life in them. This is the perfect way to make a house feel like a home – it adds that personal touch that man-made items can’t always do. If you have a garden full of flowers, bring some inside. If you live in an apartment and don’t have a garden, pop past a florist – or even the supermarket – and pick a bunch. Hey! Pick a few! You may even be lucky enough to have someone buy them for you! It’s an instant pick-me-up.
I also have a few bunches of faux flowers throughout my house. Use good quality ones, as you don’t want them to look cheap and nasty. Get creative with your vases too. It doesn’t have to be a “traditional” vase. Use any type of glassware, tea candle holders; even old jars for a more rustic look.
Sky’s the limit. Have some fun!